Simply saying “We needed that” is an understatement. At this stage of the game, two points are more like five. Figuratively, of course.
Lately, the Stars have been in a bit of a funk, and maybe they still are. I think after the Kings game, I said this funk was due to a severe case of “lack of Adam Burish.” Burr didn’t play against San Jose either and Bingo: loss. The funny thing, as Razor Reaugh brought up in one of his blog posts this week, is that the only team the Stars can beat without Adam Burish is the team that Adam Burish used to play for. Ironic, isn’t it?
Anyway, I thought the stars played a great game. Or, I don’t know, maybe it just looked that way compared to the lifeless Hawks. Toews and Co. looked like they had given up after being hit a couple of times. They were all, “No way. We’re not hitting you like that. No, we’re saving it for Phoenix. You guys can have this game.” It was sad how quickly they threw in the towel. The Stars were the better team throughout. We hit harder, we skated faster, and we played to win.
Beating the champs, who we leap-frogged with that win by a complicated tiebreaker, proves that we can still do this, that our early season success wasn’t a fluke. I don’t totally have faith that they can do this, but I have a lot of hope that they can. If that makes sense. They’ve kind of gone wayward at times, but they’re still my team, hence the title of this post.
How about that Jamie Benn, eh? I mean, really. The kid is a monster. Like, if James Neal was the Real Deal, I guess the Bennster is the Real Real Deal. JB is so dominant on defensive plays. He may not have scored this time, but he did something he’s really good at: stealing pucks for others. It led to a goal, you know.
Speaking of the Bennster, I thought it was pretty classless of Duncan Keith to go in and hit him like that. Steve Ott thought so, too, so he went in and started punching Keith, who got a penalty for the play. It’s good to see them all stand up for each other, because sometimes it feels like they don’t.
Steve Ott had a hell of a game. Was it just me, or was that guy everywhere? Otter scored the game-winner on a breakaway from a perfect pass from Brad Richards and hammered the Hawks the rest of the night, doing that in-your0face thing he does so well.
My Three Stars (I aactually have no idea who the actual three stars are)
1. Jamie Benn
2. Steve Ott
3. Kari Lehtonen
Next up: tonight against the (gulp!) Flyers